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    At Least 9,000 Evacuees From Filipino City of Marawi Yet to Receive Relief Items

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    At least 9,000 displaced residents of the city of Marawi, the island of Mindanao in the Philippines, who were transferred to northern Iligan City when the conflict erupted in the region in late May, still await relief goods, local media reported Sunday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — The non-government organization dubbed Ecosystems for Work for Essential Benefits (EcoWEB), engaged in providing assistance to the evacuees, found out that some 9,000 people still remained undocumented and awaited relief items.

    At least 30,000 displaced residents of Marawi are seeking shelter in Iligan City since the escalation of the armed conflict.

    The tensions between the Philippine government forces and the Maute group, which is affiliated with the Islamic State terror organization (IS, banned in Russia), in the region escalated in late May, when the latter attempted to storm the city of Marawi. The escalation prompted the nation's authorities to impose martial law on the island and led to the deaths of over 100 people.

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